The showdown between Dublin and Meath has been set for Croke Park on Sunday 15 May as part of a double header in Leinster SFC’s semi-finals which saw Kildare and Westmeath meet.
he decision of Leinster Council playmakers to bring Dublin back to the capital rather than stage their semi-finals in a provincial town is sure to draw some negative comment given their monopoly on the Delaney Cup over the past 11 seasons.
Regardless.ie understands that while Kildare and Westmeath had asked for their semifinals to be played outside of Croke Park should they be drawn against the Dubs, Meath was happy to play against their old foe at GAA HQ.
The semi-final draw took place live on The Sunday Game last night after all four quarter-finals were played over the weekend.
Dublin have not played a Leinster semi-final outside of Croker since 1996, when they faced Louth as defending All-Ireland champions at Navan.
For nine consecutive summers, from 2007 to 2015, they did not play a single championship game beyond the Pale after narrowly beating Longford at Pearse Park in 2006.
They have played all of their Leinster opening games at provincial venues since 2016 – at neutral venues for the first five years and then to Wexford both last summer and on Saturday night.
The decision to set Croke Park as the venue for both of this year’s semi-finals – a repeat of 2021’s fixtures won by Dublin and Kildare – was made this morning.
Throw-in times are yet to be confirmed although it is almost certain that Kildare/Westmeath will be played first, followed by Dublin/Meath.
Curiously, although Dublin’s familiarity with Croker is regularly cited as a factor in their unrelenting success over the past decade, they have lost three of their last four games there – last year’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo, as well as league games against them Armagh and Mayo before them ended that losing streak by beating Donegal in their penultimate Division 1 game in March.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/dublin-v-meath-clash-in-leinster-sfc-semi-final-fixed-for-croke-park-on-sunday-may-15-41607040.html The tie between Dublin and Meath in the Leinster SFC semi-final for Croke Park on Sunday 15 May